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California and Texas 

California has had 76,368 folks die from COVID-19. 

Texas has had 75,796 folks die from COVID-19. 

The difference is 572 more deaths in California. 

California has 10 million more people than Texas. 

The Governor of California is trying. 

The arsehole Governor of Texas gave up around April of 2020.  His fix was the personal responsibility thing. You can’t argue the fact that the biggest COVID-19 response failure in the USA is here in Texas under this sorry arsehole. Period. 

The number are the facts and speak for themselves.  

Sometime in January of 2022 Texas will take the lead in COVID-19 deaths.   

The following is hilarious. All these folks have registered to vote via the online route in Texas and absolutely no hint of fraud. The silence from the Texas GOP is funny. Online voter registration works. Here is from the Chron: 

Since a federal judge forced Texas nearly a year and a half ago to offer limited online voter registration, 1.5 million Texans have used the option, according to new state data. 

The August 2020 ruling, which found Texas in violation of the National Voter Registration Act, required state officials to give residents the opportunity to register when they renew their driver’s license online. The system was in place a month later. 

Advocates say the new data speaks to the success of online registration — and is evidence that Texas, one of just a few states that does not offer an online option for every registrant, should implement the program statewide. Republican leaders in state government have resisted such change, instead pursuing new voting restrictions in the name of election security. 

“The very best thing you can do is have systems where the government is seamlessly integrating voter registration into other processes,” said Mimi Marziani, the president of the Texas Civil Rights Project, which represented the plaintiffs in the case that spurred the creation of the online system. 

It’s unclear how many of the 1.5 million people are registering to vote for the first time, but it’s likely that the majority of them are updating addresses on existing registrations. Hearst Newspapers requested the information a week ago, but the secretary of state’s office declined to provide that breakdown by publication time. Roughly 1.9 million people use the Department of Public Safety website to renew their license each year, Marziani said. 

About 40 percent of the online registration applications came from Texas’ five most populous counties. Roughly 200,000 people have used the option in Harris County, and 100,000 in Bexar, according to state data. 

Here is the entire Chron article: 1.5 million Texans have now used online voter registration, after state was forced to offer it (houstonchronicle.com). 

My green recycling bin has been sitting on the curb since Thursday. Today is Tuesday and not a rumbling recycling truck on the horizon. Tsk, tsk, tsk. 

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